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 (shä′mə-nĭz′əm, shā′-)
1. The animistic religion of certain peoples of northern Asia in which mediation between the visible and spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
2. A similar religion or set of beliefs, especially among certain Native American peoples.

sha′man·ist n.
sha′man·is′tic adj.
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Adj.1.shamanistic - of or relating to shamanism
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Convinced that the world is a pluralistic place that is not just limited to physical reality and in which many worlds -- directly inspired by arts and literature -- are just as factual, his world is informed by the Magic Realism of South America as well as Asiatic Shamanistic traditions.
Anne Solomon (2013) challenges the essentially shamanistic (if the word is to be accepted) nature of San rock art, but significantly fails to see the historical context of southern African research.
Members of the Hmong community, many of whom practice an Eastern faith with shamanistic elements, relied on the law to avoid mandatory autopsies, which offend their beliefs.
The Shamanic Odyssey demonstrates the presence of shamanistic motifs, beliefs, and practices in literary works, specifically Homer's Odyssey and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Smith of Wootton Major.
Suggestions range from the idea that they were maps or territorial markers to the notion that they were connected with shamanistic rituals, perhaps involving hallucinogenic drugs.
It will focus on David Lewis-Williams's neuropsychological and shamanistic theory of San and prehistoric rock art, attempting to supplement his emphasis on states of consciousness with a focus on volition.
The missionaries' understanding of spirits, which had been dominated by an Enlightenment mentality, unexpectedly was faced with the transformation of shamanistic rituals into Christian exorcism, which in turn led to changes in the thinking of the missionaries.
The visitors got a chance to witness various dances such as Mibu Dagnam, shamanistic dance, Ali Aye Ligang, Gumrag and Selloiya.
Perhaps, this aspect of the narrative can be related to the holistic character of Lebbo' shamanistic representations, involving the forested landscape and the plentiful reproduction of natural resources (fruits, honey, game).
The migrations, developments, interminglings, and adaptations of different cultures in the general northward migration to the Four Corners region to give rise to the Pueblo culture are attributed to the encounter with other cultures from the north and west with shamanistic religious practices.
By eating, sleeping, and working in the space, Chopra inevitably brought to mind Joseph Beuys, but where that artist played up the shamanistic and transformative aspects of his performance, Chopra seems to be more of a historian.
A roller coaster of a literary thrill ride, author Nina Milton draws from her years of experience as a druid to play fair with her complexly woven story with its shamanistic elements.